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Museum of World Cultures

The Weltkulturen Museum, founded by Frankfurt citizens in 1904 and today housed in three nineteenth-century villas on Frankfurt’s “museum embankment”, holds a unique collection of 67,000 artefacts from Oceania, Africa, South-East Asia, and North, Central and South America.

Weltkulturen Museum
Weltkulturen Museum - © Wolfgang Günzel


These holdings are complemented by an image archive of around 120,000 historic and contemporary ethnographic photographs and films, and a library containing 50,000 books and journals. The key feature of the Weltkulturen Museum is its fruitful combination of anthropological research, advanced artistic practice, and experimental methods of analysis, translation and communication. Events are held both in the museum’s exhibition galleries and in the Weltkulturen Labor with its artists’ studios, guest apartments and seminar rooms. In the Labor, participants reinterpret objects from the collection and prepare exhibitions. With the new interactive online platform WELTKULTUREN OPEN LAB – – research activities and artistic processes enter a virtual space where they can be exchanged and discussed across the world.


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